Oh, that wacky goofus Speaker Steve Haugaard! The Sioux Falls Republican thought he’d use his new power to punish Municipal League lobbyist Yvonne Taylor for a column she published eight months ago (grudge much, Steve?) calling him and his fellow extremist ideologues “wackies.” For his abuse of power, he got sued and thumped in court. On Friday, Judge Roberto Lange issued a temporary restraining order restoring Taylor’s access to the House floor for two weeks. Judge Lange says Speaker Haugaard did not appear to be acting in any proper Legislative fashion that would allow him to invoke legislative immunity. Judge Lange also says it’s in the public interest that Taylor be allowed back on the floor
Should a guy with a restraining order be allowed to wave a gavel at work? I contend it is further in the public interest that Haugaard step down from the Speakership, if not his Legislative seat, and allow someone who respects free speech to wield the gavel in our temple of democracy.
Beyond Judge Lange’s order, Taylor tells Bob Mercer that, in the settlement the attorney have worked out (but failed to alert Judge Lange to before he issued his restraining order), Haugaard has agreed to pay the Municipal League’s attorney fees.